How to think about technology and science

David Edgerton

 

This project continues a long-standing engagement with the methodological basis of the study of technology and science, which started with critiques of the SCOT programme, and examined the innovation-centricity of studies of technology and science, and the role of clichés like the linear model of innovation and technological determinism.  The project is currently testing the assumptions behind critiques of supposed diffusion models as well as the enthusiasm for models of circulation and local agency.  The aim is to create a robust set of intellectual tools for writing the history of technology and science which is based on critique and appreciation of the best scholarship rather than being founded on the rejection of positions which have never been advanced by serious scholars. 

Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Department of History

King's College London

Strand

London WC2R 2LS

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